Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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Devil's Brigade receives US Congressional Medal

Released by Veterans Affairs



he Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today represented the Government of Canada at an event honouring Canadian Veterans of the 1st Special Service Force (FSSF), more famously known as the Devil's Brigade.

In recognition of its superior service during the Second World War, the Devil's Brigade was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal by U.S. Speaker of the House, John Boehner.

"Today's presentation of the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal to Canadian Veterans of the Devil's Brigade is a fitting honour in recognition of their courageous service and sacrifice. The impact these remarkable men made during the Second World War has been felt around the world and will never be forgotten." said The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs in a release on Tuesday.

Earlier today, Minister O'Toole met with the US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert A. McDonald, and the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, Dr. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, to discuss mental health and career transition supports for Veterans.

While in Washington, Minister O'Toole also visited Arlington National Cemetery where he lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and paid tribute to American Veterans who served with the Canadian Armed Forces at the Canadian Cross of Sacrifice.

"I was pleased to meet with Secretary McDonald and Assistant Secretary Schwartz to discuss the mental health and career transition challenges faced by Veterans. To facilitate a successful transition to civilian life it is important that those who have served have access to meaningful employment and mental health supports," said The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs.

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